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Pitaya / Dragon Fruit

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitaya (20. April 2014)

Vernacular names of Hylocereus

These fruits are commonly known in English as "dragon fruit"...
Sweet pitayas come in three types, all with leathery, slightly leafy skin:

  • Hylocereus undatus (Pitaya blanca or White-fleshed Pitaya) has red-skinned fruit with white flesh. This is the most commonly seen "dragon fruit".
  • Hylocereus costaricensis (Pitaya roja or Red-fleshed Pitaya, also known as Hylocereus polyrhizus) has red-skinned fruit with red flesh.
  • Hylocereus megalanthus (Pitaya amarilla or Yellow Pitaya, also known as Selenicereus megalanthus) has yellow-skinned fruit with white flesh.
Early imports from Colombia to Australia were designated Hylocereus ocampensis (supposedly red fruit) and Cereus triangularis (supposedly yellow fruit). It is not quite certain to which species these taxa refer, though the latter is probably the red pitahaya.
The fruit can weigh from 150 to 600 grams; some may reach one kilogram.

Bureau of Agricultural Research, Philippines

Enter the dragon fruit

Zuellen B. Reynoso
Growing in tropical areas in Asia and Latin America, the dragon fruit (Genus: Hylocereus) is also known as pitaya or pitahaya in many countries. Other names include red pitaya, "dragon pearl fruit", "green dragon", "dragon crystal", and strawberry pear. This fruit grows from a cactus plant that either grows from the ground or climbs onto trees, which could reach up to 20-feet long when full grown. The fragrant flower of the dragon plant only blooms at night, and wilts during the morning-hence, the name "Night blooming Cereus", "Belle of the Night", "Queen of the Night", and "Moonflower". Apart from these exceptional characteristics, the fruit itself offers even more promise.

The dragon plant matures within a year and starts to bear fruit around the same time, with an average of 5-6 cycles of harvest each year. The football-shaped dragon fruit weighs an average of 150-600 grams with its outer skin either red or yellow in color depending on its variety. The flesh of the dragon fruit is white with tiny black edible seeds, with a texture much like that of a kiwi-soft, juicy, and a bit grainy, with a sweet-citrusy taste.

Apart from the culinary uses of this night blooming cactus, it also offers countless medicinal properties. One serving provides 15 percent of the daily requirement for Vitamin C, 10 percent for potassium, 8 percent for iron, and 1 percent for calcium. Research have shown that consuming dragon fruit could prevent certain cancers, jumpstart weight loss, control blood glucose level for diabetes, thwart memory loss, and facilitates faster healing process of wounds and other lesions. ...

From: www.bar.gov.ph/...dragon-fruit


Dragon fruit production a big income earner - MMSU
By Rudy A. Fernandez (The Philippine Star, philstar.com)

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines - There's big money in dragon fruit production.
In the first four years of a dragon fruit farm, one can realize an accrued net income of P2.5 million, according to the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Ilocos Norte.

Dr. Miriam Pascua, MMSU president, cited the following to The STAR:
In the second year when the dragon fruit plants begin to bear fruits, a plantation owner can harvest at least 10 tons valued at P650,000. In the third year, 15 tons of dragon fruits valued at P1 million can be reaped.
Read more: www.philstar.com/agriculture...dragon-fruit-production...


Dragon fruit takes over Ilocos Norte
By Leilani Adriano, Inquirer Northern Luzon, newsinfo.inquirer.net) in July 2013

BATAC CITY - In the last three years, the odd-looking dragon fruit has been attracting the attention of plant and fruit lovers and tourists alike.
And with the high demand for this exotic fruit known for its therapeutic properties, idle public and private lands in Ilocos Norte, including village roadsides, backyards and school compounds, are being turned into pocket dragon fruit farms.
Agriculture experts said the dragon fruit plant grows well in the province because of its favorable weather condition. The plant requires easily drained and highly organic soil, less irrigation and minimal maintenance.
Read more: newsinfo.inquirer.net/...dragon-fruit-takes-over-ilocos-norte